The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 6:00 a.m. on 12/22/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 12/23/2018, MPD received 365 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 365 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (53), East (74), Midtown (60), North (46), South (32), West (72), and Other (28). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
**Priority calls city-wide from 10:01 p.m. to 12:51 a.m. due to resource-intensive calls occurring.
1) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 6:18 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 4600 block of Verona Rd, reference the caller (23-year-old HM) reporting that his 28-year-old HM brother-in-law had been "kidnapped." Officers contacted the caller who appeared to be experiencing some signs of paranoia and was checked out by MFD/EMS. Subsequent contact was made at an address in Fitchburg, where officers found the caller's brother-in-law, asleep.
2) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 8:06 a.m. Officers were dispatched to W Lakeside St, reference a domestic disturbance between the victim (28-year-old AAF) and the suspect (26-year-old AAM). The victim and suspect had been arguing and the suspect pushed her down on the bed. The victim's mother entered the room and told them to stop and be quiet, at which time the suspect threatened to push her down as well. The suspect was arrested for two counts of domestic disorderly conduct and was transported to jail.
3) EAST: Information/Sexual Assault of a Child – 10:15 a.m. MPD responded to a local hospital intending to take an information report from a mom over an incident which occurred at a day care center involving her 3-year-old daughter. Apparently, an FNE exam is going to be scheduled and a brief phone interview was conducted with the victim's mother. Investigation continuing.
4) CENTRAL: Information/Fraud – 10:30 a.m. MPD was made aware of a current phone scam where people are receiving phone calls from numbers that identify themselves as the Internal Affairs Division of the Springfield Police Department in Illinois. The message given to the potential victim is about a grandchild having financial hardship and asking for money.
5) EAST: Damage to Property – 12:46 p.m. Officers were sent to Glacier Hill Dr reference a possible burglary. A window had been broken to gain access to the residence and items were strewn about the floor. The victim (35-year-old WM) believed that the suspect was a 33-year-old AAF that he previously dated. The suspect was contacted by phone and agreed to meet officers. After subsequent investigation, the suspect was arrested for criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and unlawful use of a telephone to threaten/intimidate. Officers transported the suspect to jail without incident.
6) WEST: Information/Child Abuse – 4:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a local hospital reference a 5-week old child observed with a bruise on his arm. The child was brought to the hospital by his mother after she noticed the bruise upon his return from staying with his other parent, who resides on the West side. No determination could be made at this time as to the causation of the bruise. CPS was contacted. Investigation continuing.
7) WEST: Assist MFD/Drug Incident-Overdose – 7:33 p.m. MFD/EMS was dispatched to Strathmore Ln, reference a 22-year-old AAF subject/suspect who was visiting friends and became unresponsive. Apparently, the suspect told friends that she had used heroin prior to becoming unresponsive. MFD/EMS arrived and transported the suspect to a local hospital. During the transport, MFD/EMS administered naloxone as the suspect had gone PNB (pulseless, non-breathing). The suspect was revived and admitted to the hospital. The suspect was subsequently cited for possession of heroin by MPD.
8) NORTH: Residential Burglary – 9:47 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Gulseth St, reference a residential burglary. The homeowner (33-year-old AM) looked in his garage when he saw two people going through his vehicle. The homeowner chased the suspects and was able to catch one and hold that suspect (17-year-old AAM) down until police arrived on scene. At one point, the homeowner saw one of the other suspects holding something that was described as a potential gun. Prior to fleeing, the other suspect was heard yelling at the homeowner/victim to let his "friend" go, which the homeowner did not do. Officers arrived on scene and took the detained suspect into custody where he was subsequently charged with party to a crime of residential burglary. The other suspect is still at large. Investigation continuing. Incident Report on MPD's website completed.
9) EAST: Check Person (Weapon) – 9:56 p.m. Officers were dispatched to an East side residential address reference a suicidal person with a gun. Officers initially staged at the residence and were trying to make phone contact when family members advised that they were in contact with the 30-year-old WM subject, and that the subject had calmed down. Officers contacted the subject and after an assessment and subsequent investigation, the determination was made to place the subject under protective custody and convey him to Detox. (The subject was suffering from depression and had been consuming alcohol since approximately noon of this day.) Four long guns were removed from the residence for safekeeping with the owner's consent.
10) MIDTOWN: Strong Armed Robbery – 10:49 p.m. Madison officers were dispatched to the McDonald's restaurant at 1102 Regent St for a strong armed robbery. Two suspects (AAM's) covered their faces, came into the restaurant, ran into the back office, grabbed money, and then ran out. There were no injuries to anyone and no weapon was displayed. The suspects fled in a vehicle and neither the suspects nor the vehicle were immediately located. Investigation continuing. Incident Report on MPD's website completed.
11) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 12:27 a.m. The suspect (20-year-old AAM) had been at Wando's (602 University Ave) earlier and was removed. He made his way back into the bar by claiming he had to retrieve something, and then once back inside wanted to stay again. When employees attempted to escort him out this second time, the suspect was not cooperative. Officers arrived and made contact with the suspect who resisted arrest. The suspect was charged with battery (two counts), disorderly conduct, possession of THC, resisting/obstructing an officer, a probation violation, a probation hold, and underage possess/consume alcohol on licensed premises. There were four victims of the disturbance and all were employees of Wando's.
12) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 1:15 a.m. An officer saw a disturbance spill out of Wando's (602 University Ave). Subsequent investigation would reveal that a domestic had initially occurred between a 23-year-old AAM and his girlfriend/victim, a 24-year-old WF. Once the domestic spilled outside of the bar, a physical disturbance resulted and many others jumped in. Officers were called and at one point, OC was deployed in an attempt to break up the fighting. As principal players were identified, the end result was that the male suspect who had begun the domestic was charged with several counts to include domestic disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing, and bail jumping. Another suspect (21-year-old AAM) was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing. An unknown suspect who was also involved had fled and was not located. There were no injuries to any officers and those who had been sprayed were offered medical assistance by paramedics. Investigation continuing.
13) CENTRAL: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 2:31 a.m. The victim (24-year-old WM) was downtown and saw an acquaintance he knew from high school, a 25-year-old WM suspect. They went to a party together at which point a verbal argument ensued. The argument turned physical and the victim was held down by the suspect, at which point a second suspect (unknown) delivered punches and kicks to the victim. The victim went to a local hospital for treatment of two displaced teeth and a fracture to his jaw. Investigation continuing.